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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 17, 2009 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Make No Mistake......or Take This With a Grain of Salt....

It's got nothing to do with the prices they're charging. Let 'em charge whatever people will pay. If people will pay it--sure, why wouldn't they?

The more pertinent question is what are YOU the concert-goer getting for that buck? And my point is--having been fortunate enough to have seen the real deal some 75 times or so from 1979-1994, I know that this is a rip-off.

I know this b/c I've seen Phil & Friends and Ratdog and The Other Ones and have given it a chance and it just in the end isn't worth it. It is not only not the same without jerry, it's significantly worse.

It's depressing b/c it's like watching Willie Mays play for the Mets in 1973 letting a ball fall ten feet in front of him that he would have glided to and caught behind his back if he wanted to with the Giants in 1955.

It's stupid because as someone else pointed out there are scores of bands out there playing their asses off for beer money that can really seriously jam and no one is paying any attention, or money to see them.

Look...as has also been said, if you wanna go, go. Have a great time. I mean that sincerely. Let us know how the shows sounded. But don;t come back and tell me it was "a little like some of the old magic" b/c then you're spitting in my eye and telling me it's raining. I won't believe you and will want proof and when I go back and listen to the boards and hear Bob trying to belt out some Jerry tune and sounding like a broken-down version of Bryan Adams I'm gonna know it was what I expected it would be.

I just don't see the point of going to see "The Dead" and thinking you're capturing ANY of what The Grateful Dead was.

My 2 cents, and in this economy, I'm quite happy to hold onto it.